The Teacher as a Learner!
A Conversation with Nancy Bolz
Our guest is Nancy Bolz. Nancy is Director of Kansas and Oklahoma AdvanceEd. She comes to our conversation as a former teacher, assistant principal, school improvement specialist, and principal.
Leadership is second only to classroom instruction among all school-related factors that contribute to what students learn at school. ~Kenneth Leithwood
Nancy chose the Leadership standard for our podcast. The three components:
- Develop capacity for learning and leading
- Advocate for professional learning
- Create support systems for professional learning
What are traits of leaders who focus on continuous improvement? They create a shared vision through leadership (humility) and that creates energy. Leaders see the best in others, creating a culture of commitment! Leaders are REAL, they embrace change and are open to new ideas. It is not a specific personality, it is being focused on the continuous improvement and learning.
Culture eats strategies for breakfast.
There is not a recipe for implementing continuous improvement. It is different for every building and every district. Leaders (building and district) create the conditions for success. What is the “dance” between the central office and building leadership? Shared leadership and much more! It takes courage to look at the data….and do something about it!
If professional learning isn’t the answer, what is?
We know that the teacher/educator is the learner. What is holding us back? Nancy shares!!
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